Managing Key Invasive Plants

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Hyannisport                                                                           CREDITS PENDING

Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist - UMass-Amherst

Randy Prostak joined UMass in 1994 and has been a UMass Extension Specialist since 2000 where he specializes in weed management.  He is a member of the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Team and is an active contributor to the Crop Dairy Livestock Equine, Turf and Pesticide Education Extension Programs.  He currently serves on the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group.  Randy is an active member of the Weed Science Society of America and has served as president of the Northeast Weed Science Society.  In February of 2013, Randy received the Northeast Weed Science Society's Outstanding Educator Award.  The 2020 growing season will mark Randy's 32nd year working in weed science. 

Managing Key Invasive Plants:  As overview of effective management strategies for key invasive plants.  Herbicidal and non-herbicidal control will be explored.  

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8:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Bass River                                                                       1 MCLP SAFETY CREDIT


Martha Sylvia, Research Technical, UMass Cranberry Station, UMass Amherst


Martha Sylvia has worked at the UMass Cranberry Station for thirty years serving as the technician in the entomology lab.  Her work included behavioral entomology, pesticide efficacy and bee research.  Martha services as the pesticide safety officer, the environmental health and safety liaison and the chief pesticide guru.  She is the editor of the cranberry pesticide recommendations and has run efficacy and residue trials to develop new chemistries in the indus

Pesticide Safety and Insecticide Mode of Action

This class will include a basic review of pesticide safety including personal protective equipment (PPE), label requirements and EPA updates.  A review of the different classes of insecticides and how they work against the insect, how they affect humans and how to prevent insect resistance.


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Our Future with Water-Storm Water Management

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Centerville A + B

Trevor Smith, Owner of Land Escapes, Arlington, MA

Trevor Smith is the owner of Land Escapes, a full service regenerative landscape design/building company in the Boston area that specializes in green storm water infrastructure such as permeable pavements, rain gardens, as well as landscape installations designed to maximize earths systems while balancing them with the needs and desires of her human inhabitants  Trevor is equally driven by both the form and function of his landscape designs; passionate about the natural world which inspires his commitment to ecological principles and practices; passionate about creating beautiful landscapes to provide clients with an oasis to reconnect with the natural world.

Our Future With Water - Storm Water Management
Water simultaneously manages to be the stuff of mystery and our daily routine.  We use it to cook with, wash our dishes and brush our teeth but very few can stand on the beach and not lose themselves watching the breakers roll in.  In the face of climate change, water is becoming much more of an issues, we either have too much, too little and never when we really need it.  Water bans, flooding and erosion are common now and it feels as if this life-giving resource has turned against us.  Get reacquainted with water and learn simple methods to capture and reuse storm water or slow storm water runoff.  This discussion will include rain harvesting, permeable pavements, green roofs and rain gardens. 

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10:00 AM - 11:15 AM - Hyannisport                                                                             CREDITS PENDING

Erika S. Rojas, Plant Pathologist, Phd, Ocean Spray


Erika S. Rojas is the senior agricultural scientist for Ocean Spray in Massachusetts.  Her job is to help Massachusetts growers in all their production practices by giving advice, diagnosing plant health issues and carrying out field-applied research.  Before this role, Erika was an assistant professor at the UMass Cranberry Station in charge of the plant pathology research and extension program.  Erika obtained her PhD in plant pathology from Iowa State University, where she also worked as the plant diagnostician in Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.

Leaf Spots, Blights and Root Rots, Oh My!

This presentation will focus on 'hot' diseases of herbaceous perennials, including how to identify, avoid and manage plant health problems.  To hone your plant disease ID skills, we will go over the most relevant diseases observed in 2019 and what to look out for in 2020.  After this talk, you will be able to take a systematic approach to disease identification and field diagnostics and recognize plant diseases of herbaceous perennials in the New England landscape.


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10:00 AM - 11:15 PM - Bass River                                                                   CREDITS PENDING

Tom Ingersoll, Owner, Ingersoll Land Care, Sheffield, MA


Tom Ingersoll is the owner of Ingersoll Land Care which has provided tree care, plant health care, landscape design, installation and maintenance for over 25 years to his clientele in Southern Berkshire County of Western Massachusetts.  Tom is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Arborist, Connecticut Licensed Supervising Arborist and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.  He serves as a founding volunteer of the Sheffield Tree Project community forestry group and as a Trustee of the Berkshire Botanical Garden.


Tree Care for Gardeners

An intense and entertaining primer for gardeners, caretakers, property owners and budding Arborists.  Massachusetts Certified Arborist Tom Ingersoll will give you a crash course will empower horticulturalists to better understand the largest plants in the landscape.  Learn the basics of tree biology and identification the tree's role in the ecosystem, proper selection, siting, planting considerations, pruning, fertilization, pest management and when to call in the Certified Arborist!

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11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Hyannisport                                                  CREDITS PENDING

Larry Dapsis, Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist

One of CCLA's most popular speakers Larry Dapsis has been an Entomologist since age 5!  He earned his B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology at Fitchburg State University and M.S. in Entomology at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.  He has thirty-six years of professional pest management  experience including Vegetables, Cranberries and Household Insects.  Larry joined the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomolgist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick Borne Diseases.

About the Spotted Lanternfly 

Spotted The Spotted Lanternfly was introduced to Pennsylvania in 2014.  It has subsequently been found in neighboring states, including New York and Connecticut.  Thi presentaation will review the life cycle, hosts, damage and management.  An update on current quarantine efforts will be reviewed.

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11:45 AM - 1:00PM - Bass River

Jack Ahern, Professor of Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst

Jack Ahern is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  His research focuses on the application of ecological thinking to design, build and maintain sustainable and resilient landscapes.  He teaches "Plants in the Landscape at UMass, introducing students from all the Green Industry programs plant identification, ecology and basic horticulture practice.  Jack consults on plant community establishment and management for leading design firms - integrating his horticultural, design and ecological knowledge in the cause of making memorable landscapes.

Design with Nature on Cape Cod and the Islands

The Cape and Islands are iconic and distinct places and have a special character that derives from the eco-region's geology, ecology, climate and landscape.  Many contemporary landscapes of the Cape and Islands are being designed in a more generic nature that doesn't support the region's unique landscape character.

This talk will explain how an ecologically-based approach to landscape design for this area can maintain landscape character, be environmentally responsible and make beautiful landscapes that people treasure and remember.  This approach starts with an understanding of the plant communities of this area in terms of their visual appearance, community structure, species and overall ecology.  These plant communities can then be used as models, inspiration and guides for designs that abstract, replicate, simplify and complement native plant communities - providing beautiful, comfortable landscapes that are in sync with the seasons, supporting local biodiversity and requiring far less in terms of maintenance, water and additional fertilizers and pesticides.

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11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Bass River

Austin Marsteller, Territory Manager, Corteva Agriscience

Austin Marsteller began in the industry back in high school, where he worked several summers for a local landscape and lawn care company in Pennsylvania.  In 2012 he began his studies at Penn State, majoring in Turfgrass Science and completed his B.S. degree in December of 2015.  During his time there he worked at the research farm as a research assistant with several ongoing studies which included, but are not limited to, fertilizer trials and NTEP trials.  He began with Corteva Agriscience upon graduation where he served as a territory manager.   He currently is the territory manager for New England.

What Are Those A.I.s Doing For Your Weed Control Program?

This session will focus on looking back at the history of the common active ingredients used in the turf market and what innovation is coming.  Subject matter will include the importance of mode of actions, understanding formulations and an overall assessment of how these common active ingredients are controlling the weeds they are intended to.  Emphasis will be placed on what can affect herbicide performance and ways to improve herbicide programs for the coming season.  At the end of the class Austin will introduce future active ingredient technology coming to the industry to better control weeds in turfgrass settings.  


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Bass River

This discussion will be moderated by Sean Bishop, owner of Ground Effects Landscaping and CCLA member.  Sean promises a fun, interactive and informative session.  His goal is to focus on the following five topics:  workplace development; the industry in 10 years; what you enjoy most about this business; how has CCLA helped your  business and why should everyone join; the biggest change or challenge in the industry on the Cape in the next 10 years.  He also promises one surprise question to get unscripted answers from the panel...stay tuned for the surprise....


Chris Joyce began his landscape career while still in high school, with a single lawn mower and a few neighbors as customers.  With an entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic, Chris decided early in life that landscaping was his passion.  He received his Associates in Landscape Contracting from Stockbridge and a Bachelors in Urban Forestry from UMass.  Throughout four years at Stockbridge, Chris commuted home every weekend to service his growing base of customers.  Upon graduation from UMass in 1994 Chris devoted his time and energy to providing quality work, insuring customer satisfaction and building his company.   Today Chris owns and operates Joyce Companies, one of the largest landscape organizations in the region, consisting of Always Green of Cape Cod and Grass Roots Irrigation.

He stays busy in the industry and community as a member of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture Alumni Advisory Board; member of NALP Foundation Board, past president of CCLA, past Chair of the Barnstable Public Schools, School Committee, President of the Barnstable Youth Football Program.

Bob Marzilli’s passion for building landscapes began at a very young age working with his grandfather, father, and uncles in their family’s landscaping maintenance business. Bob learned from his family the values of trusted relationships, customer service and quality workmanship. He worked his way through college at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts Amherst earning degrees in Landscape Construction and Landscape Architecture. The education and experience at UMass Amherst revealed the great potential of the landscape industry and Bob’s dream of developing the most respected landscape construction company in New England was born. In 1985, Bob struck out on his own with a handwritten list of goals, one truck, one trailer, one skidsteer and the support of his wife, Christine.  Today R.P. Marzilli & Company has a reputation as a leading landscape contractor which is based on their dedication to quality, client satisfaction, value and mutual trust.   

Tom Fair started his lawn, tree and shrub career working for a large regional company for 30 years.  When they sold to a national chain, he launched Fairway Lawn and Tree Service. 

My biggest motivation was that I knew I could service my customers better.

I am proud that Fairway Lawn and Tree Service is the most professional lawn and tree service company in the greater Cape Cod area. Just ask 4,000 residential and commercial property owners, whom we proudly call our customers.

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